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THIS DAY IN VANCOUVER: March 26th

March 26, 2012 | by  |  This Day In Vancouver

1915:

“Vancouver Millionaires Win Hockey Championship of World”, exclaims a headline in The Vancouver Province as, in the Denman Arena, in front of 5,000 fans, Vancouver wins the Stanley Cup, beating a “disheartened and disorganized” Ottawa 12-8.

“The Vancouver team outplayed the Ottawas from every standpoint,” the paper gloats, “but the superb checking back and untiring persistency of the coast forwards proved a tremendous factor in the ultimate result.”

“They outplayed us in all departments,” Ottawa manager Frank Shaughnessy admits, after the game. “Your forwards came back so fast and outskated our men so that the defence did not get much chance.”

This marks the first year that the respective champions of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and the National Hockey Association have competed for the Stanley Cup, and marks the furthest west the cup itself has traveled in its history (an aborted attempt was made one year earlier, during a challenge intended to take place between Toronto and Victoria). The Millionaires soundly defeated the Senators in the first three games of the best-of-five series, led strongly by the efforts of Fred “Cyclone” Taylor.

“The final game of the series was the least exciting,” the paper explains. “The Ottawas appeared to realize that they were up against a better team and their methods lacked the dash and vim of the other games, though they tried hard for a while. Both teams played loosely and the hockey served up was notable chiefly for its lack of class. For a world’s championship event it was indeed a rather poor exhibition.”

The event does not make the front page. The Millionaires will make it to the playoffs five subsequent times (twice as the Vancouver Maroons), without success, and the team will eventually fold in 1926.

The event marks the city’s only Stanley Cup victory.

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